A lovely venue on Kings Road in Chelsea, Bluebird is rightly an institution in this area. My last visit before now was six months ago and in truth I was wholly disappointed with the previous experience. Food was very average, with lukewarm soup and stale bread in a club sandwich. This time around however the food has improved markedly, seemingly much fresher in ingredients and cooked with more care and attention.
I wish the same could be said for the service however – atrociously awful is being kind. The waiting staff were totally disinterested in serving my table, to the point where after twenty minutes I walked over to the service stand to order some drinks and discovered two waiters busy playing on their Blackberries. Even after my pointed remarks to them, service was apathetic with plates of food thunked down on the table without an ounce of finesse.
It is such a shame that our experience was sullied by these members of staff. Had it not been for them, I would have given Bluebird an overall score of 7. There are in truth better British/European restaurants in the local area (Medlar and The Penny Black being two notables), which whilst not having the same location cachet, offer more substantial food with vastly superior service.